Australian Tennis player Nick Kyrgios will try to dismiss the assault charge on base of mental health
There is another twist in the Australian Tennis player Nick Kyrogios’s assault case, as he will try to dismiss the assault charge on mental health grounds.
On Tuesday, the lawyers of tennis star Nick appeared in the Australian Capital Territory magistrates court and asked for an adjournment. They did this so that forensic mental health reports could be prepared.
After getting a forensic mental health report, the lawyers of Nick will then apply to have the matter dismissed under a section of the local crimes act.
The local crimes act gives power to magistrates to dismiss a charge if they are satisfied an accused is mentally impaired. If the magistrates will deal with the case that way, it would benefit the community along with the offender.
In January 2021, a common assault charge was alleged against Nick due to an incident that was reported by the ACT police in December. Nick is facing a charge of common assault in this incident.
Michael Kukulies-Smith, the lawyer of Kyrogios citing several public statements made by the world No.20, said the tennis player’s mental health history since 2015 made the application appropriate.
The magistrate’s court heard Nick wanted to attend the application hearing in person. The case was stopped to arrange a date for the hearing.